Machine learning plus neuroscience equals biologically feasible computing – Benjamin Migliori at TEDx San Diego 2017

Benjamin begins by saying that it is not possible to make a correct assessment without perception. He argues we can train computers to identify, but humans make decisions based on personal experiences. In essence, the combination of human and artificial intelligence will define humanity’s future.

He shares a personal journey with his son who was born premature, and as a result of his untimely birth, his son’s experiences were different than those of other babies, in fact, some would say extraordinary. The algorithms of which his son perceives the world are different, as a result of his experiences, so his perception of the world is different as well. When Benjamin introduced his cat to his baby for the first time, he did not know what to expect, because each of them had a reason to be fearful of the other.

However, their connection was instant because both sets of algorithms were already established and able to respond, based on each of their experiences. He goes on to say that the process is much slower in teaching machines intelligence, as they need to process hundreds of algorithms to come up with the correct response in humans. But together, human and artificial intelligence will have an explosive effect on society.

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Designing cities for sustainability, resilience and happiness – Paulina Lis at TEDx San Diego 2017

Paulina begins her talk with a quote from Jane Jacobs’ book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, “cities provide for everyone when they are created by everyone.”

The book is a critique of 1950’s urban planning policy, which holds responsible for the decline of many city neighborhoods in the United States. Going against the modernist planning dogma of the era, it proposes a newfound appreciation for organic urban vibrancy.

Paulina emphasized that our city of San Diego is growing, and that it is our vision which is driving the future, so we need to address our common goals when designing urban spaces so that all communities can thrive. For example, alleys are a common area that are underused because they are often associated with danger, crime, and filth.

But there is a movement going on that is committed to restoring these spaces by adding plants, lights and other amenities to create an environment that is inviting and attractive. Los Angeles is one city that is looking to reinvent alley spaces so they are conducive to the populations they serve, and create positive impact.

She ends by saying that if we work together, then everyone can enjoy our beautiful city.

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Redefining what is humanely possible with augmented reality – Brian Mullins at TEDx San Diego 2017

Brian Mullins begins this moving talk by revealing that human beings are programmed to accepting limiting beliefs. We hear things all the time such as, “you’re not smart enough,” or, “that’s not realistic,” or, “you need more experience for that.” He argues that these limiting beliefs are not real, and that they are motivated by fear. In fact, they are so deeply ingrained in us we don’t even know they are there preventing us from taking chances. He asks the question, “how do we overcome this?”

As a thought leader on the topic of augmented reality, Brian explains how it’s a human-centric concept that enables us to share ideas in a whole new way. It is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.

He shared the story of his personal struggle with his son’s Cerebral Palsy, and how augmented reality can be a driving force behind sharing information about this debilitating disease. In his opinion, augmented reality can cause the flow of information to be fluid and save more lives.

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